6 Hand­held Vac­u­um Clean­ers for Car

Namrata Gogoi

If you are someone who often eats inside their cars or of your pet travels with you, a car vacuum cleaner should be one of your first investments. Today, car vacuum cleaners have reduced in size and are no longer big and bulky. Instead, they are small and lightweight.

6 Handheld Vacuum Cleaners for Car

More importantly, car vacuum cleaners have a good suction power to suck in dust, lint, and food crumbs easily from seats and floors of cars. Naturally, if you have a pet, you'll need a cleaner with a stronger suction power to clean the stubborn pet hairs from seats and carpets.

So, if you want to keep your car in pristine conditions, here are some quality handheld vacuum cleaners for cars. But before that,

1. Hotor Car Vacuum Cleaner

Hotor Car Vacuum Cleaner

The Hotor handheld vacuum cleaner is a small and lightweight vacuum cleaner apt for light cleaning jobs. It can pick up dust and other particles like bread crumbs and cereal dust. It comes with a crevice tool and a washable filter. And yes, it has its storage case.

The crevice brush helps to clean debris from corners and seat crevices. At the same time, the dust bag is spacious and doesn't need frequent cleaning. Plus, you can easily remove the dust cup.

As noted earlier, the Hotor vacuum cleaner is for light cleaning. The suction power isn't strong to suck in all the embedded dust on the car seats and floor. And well, it's not the most durable vacuum cleaner either.

However, if you want a lightweight and inexpensive vacuum cleaner for your car, you can consider this one.

2. Anker HomeVac H11 Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Anker HomeVac H11 Cordless Handheld Vacuum

The Anker HomeVac H11 takes the term 'handheld' seriously. This car vacuum weighs approximately 1.2 lbs and is not bigger than a large bottle. No kidding. The suction power is decent for the price and size. It has a suction power of 5,500Pa and can effortlessly suck in dust balls and crumbs.

It's a cordless device and charges via the in-box micro USB cable. The cordless design makes it convenient to clean the car since you do not have to drag the charging cable all around your car. Just remember to charge it fully before each usage.

Apart from your car, you can also use it inside your house for small odd jobs. It bundles a single crevice tool (2-in-1) that can be used to clean flat surfaces like tabletops and sofas. However, it can be a little challenging to clean hard-to-reach house corners with the built-in crevice tool.

So far, it has received favorable reviews from its user set. Users like its size and the suction power. And naturally, it makes things convenient.

3. 70mai Vacuum Cleaner

70mai Vacuum Cleaner

Another small and sleek vacuum cleaner is the one by 70mai. It's so small that it can fit into the cupholders of most cars. It has a decent suction power and can lick off hairs, pet hair, and sand particles. The brush attachment helps in the former, while the long nozzle lets you easily reach tight spaces.

Since it's a sleek device, you do not have to worry about storage it when not in use. The battery life is decent and gives you enough time to clean your car.

It has its limitations. For example, the dust bag is small and needs to be cleaned frequently. Secondly, it's not the most durable vacuum cleaner out there. However, for the price, it brings in a decent performance and solid build. Win-win, we'd say.

4. Shark CH951 Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Shark CH951 Cordless Handheld Vacuum

The Shark CH951 is a little expensive than its counterparts above. But on the upside, this handheld vacuum cleaner does the dual job of keeping your car and house clean. It's a versatile cleaner and comes with three tools, including a scrubbing brush to remove stubborn dirt from seat fabric. Furthermore, the pet brush does an effective job of keeping the brush free from stuck hair.

The company hasn't specified the suction power, but it's strong to suck in pet hairs and loose crumbs from car seats and interiors. It's lightweight, and the small loop at the end makes it easy to hold the device while cleaning. Like the Anker cleaner, it is also a cordless vacuum cleaner.

The Shark CH951 has been received well by its users primarily for its decent suction power and lightweight form factor. A few pet owners love the fact that it keeps the car clear of pet hairs. The filter is easy to clean and the dust bag is big enough to accommodate a good amount of dust and dirt.

If you vacuum your house and couch quite frequently, we'd advise you to get a few filters beforehand from Shark, should you buy it.

5. Black & Decker Pivot Handheld Vacuum (BDH2000PL)

Black & Decker Pivot Handheld Vacuum (BDH2000PL)

If you want the best suction power without emptying your bank account, you can't go wrong with Black & Decker's Pivot vacuum. The highlight of this vacuum is its rotating nozzle and its powerful suction. The combination of these features makes it incredibly easy to clean your car's interiors. At the same time, it's small and lightweight and doesn't occupy much space.

The suction is strong enough to clean your car from pet hair, loose sand, and dirt. The pivoting nozzle is slim and sleek and can effortlessly get into tight spaces. And that's not the end of the story.

The filter is washable, and the battery life is apt for small cars and SUVs. However, if you want to deep clean your RV or trailer, you may have to charge the cleaner in between.

It ships with a charging base which makes it easy to (you guessed it right) charge it. And since it's an all-in-one vacuum cleaner, you do not have to worry about losing parts or accessories.

It's a popular product on Amazon, and people have praised its suction power and its ability to clean up pet hairs easily.

6. Dyson Humdinger Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Dyson Humdinger Cordless Handheld Vacuum

If you do not mind spending on a vacuum cleaner (a spotless car is important, you see), then the Dyson Humdinger is probably your best bet. It is a small yet mighty handheld vacuum cleaner that proves to be apt for your car's interior and your house. Looks-wise, it looks like most Dyson vacuum cleaners. Only, it's much small. The suction power is on point, and it comes with a bunch of accessories that make cleaning an easy-peasy job.

Along with the cleaner, you get a nozzle, a small brush to clean fabric seats, and a hard surface cleaning tool. The best part is that you can mount all these attachments on the charging dock for easy storage. So no fear of losing accessories.

Like most Dyson vacuums, the Humdinger can easily suck up dirt and dust. At the same time, you can also use it to clean your house's sofa and chair fabric. The same is true of food crumbs on the kitchen floor or cobwebs on the doorways.

It has two settings—Max and Normal. The normal mode will get you close to 30 minutes on a full charge, while Max will get you around 7 minutes. If you want to deep clean your car, you may have to make a few trips to the charging station. But truth be told, the normal mode is enough if you clean your car frequently.

Alternatively, you can also check out the Dyson V8 Animal. This one is a full-fledged vacuum cleaner and is ideal for houses. However, you can easily shrink it down and clean your car in-between.

Clean as a New Pin

Handheld and cordless vacuum cleaners are slowly becoming the trend, and that is probably one of the best things to happen in this age. If you want the best value for your money, buying the Black & Decker Pivot vacuum cleaner will be a clever investment. It delivers incredible performance and doesn't cost a bomb. Plus, the small size makes it easy and convenient to clean the car.


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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.